The leaves are turning here in Arkham, Massachusetts, as we welcome to his padded cell our new Dread Cthulhu Professor of Health Policy, Thomas Levenson. Watch his mad ululations beneath the uncaring stars:
It’s not that McArdle can’t read... it’s that she can’t (won’t) think: part four (and last, thank FSM). « The Inverse Square Blog: OK, by now it’s clear that this is overkill. One post by Megan McArdle does not need this kind of rant; it’s like using a howitzer to plink a tin can off a fence. [For grotesque demonstration of my logorrhea problem, check out parts one, two, and three of this series]
But in some sense, all I’m doing is channelling my inner John Foster Dulles: McArdle, and her ilk are not going away. Sadly, no amount of day-by-day debunking seems able to evoke the kind of respect for their claimed craft that would produce even a smidgeon more care and honor in their ongoing attempt to write into reality their unexamined assumptions. So, after Dulles, consider this a kind of blogospheric massive retaliation, an attempt to shock and awe the recalcitrant into the virtues of intellectual honesty.
Which brings us to one more thing that McArdle did not do in her attempt to recruit what she claims as the gold-standard of authority, the academic literature, to bolster her assertion that any attempt to control drug expenditures in the US medical system is tantamount to a pact to kill nice old people...
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Levenson R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!!
Now we are all going to go watch the football game against Innsmouth Tech: Go 'Pods!